ReefsNWrecks Contour Maps
About The Maps
The Artificial Reefs and Wrecks Contour Maps present a never before seen view of the areas reefs and wrecks. These maps present an exciting new view of the bottom, showing the exact size, location and topography of structures. Fishermen and scuba divers will love the ability to see the exact relief and position, allowing them to drop anchor exactly where needed, without wasting time searching around. Do not spend thoursands of dollars on a new "bottom view" sonar unit. Just open our contour maps and see everything at once without wasting time scanning back and forth for hours. Spend less on gas and more time on the structures that fish love.
We have divided up the website by Florida county. We currently have the counties that are featured on tabs on the top of the screen. Other reefs in other counties are being added so please check back if you do not see your county listed. All the counties in southern Florida are shown below:
What are Custom Contour Maps
The picture on the left below shows the detail of a standard NOAA chart. You can see that the reef is shown as a small light blue area and labled as a Fish Haven with a minimum allowed depth. It does not show any detail as to the location of structure, which is imperative for fishing and diving. So we scanned the bottom with sonar for many hours and then processed the data to produce our Custom Contour Maps. (Seen on the right). Now you know exactly were to go fishing or diving, no hunting around looking on your depth sounder. Move around and check out all the structures in the area not just one or two waypoints you got from a friend.
How To Use The Maps
Brighter reds have greater profiles (peaks) while light blues have lower profiles. The color key scale on the right indicates the respective reliefs. The left side of the map indicates the GPS latitude (North-South) and the bottom of the map indicates the GPS longitude (East-West) coordinates. Each reef contains a numeric key, the date it was deployed, a description and the relief in feet off the bottom. Know what is on the bottom before you drop anchor, and when you do, drop it right where you want it!
The basic file available is the GPX file which contains the latitude and longitude of all the waypoints associated with that particular reef. The waypoints are chosen to be in the center of a large pile of reef material, or a few spots along a particular ledge. Each waypoint contains a description of the material or reef that is at the waypoint, the depth and relief off the bottom. The GPX user manual explains how to use the file and can be downloaded for free by selecting (SAMPLE) by any GPX file detail screen.
The KAP format is used like NOAA charts in various chart navigation programs. You can zoom in to a smaller and smaller area and our contour charts will open and show you exactly what is down there. This format is used with OpenCPN Open on a PC or with SeaIQ on an iPad/phone or Android device. The KAP user manual explains how to use the file and can be downloaded for free by selecting (SAMPLE) by any KAP file detail screen.
The KMZ format is used with Garmin hand held GPS units and on a PC with Garmin Homeport and Google Earth. The KMZ user manual explains how to use the file and can be downloaded for free by selecting (SAMPLE) by any KMZ file detail screen.
The PDF Format is formated to let you print out the pages and bring them with you fishing or diving. The pages are laid out with a description of the reef and a table of call outs with deploy data, reef description and height off the bottom or relief. Place the pages in plastic sleeves or laminate them for use on the boat. Bring them with you on a friends boat or your own if you want a simple hard copy way to view the custom contour reefs. The PDF user manual explains how to use the file and can be downloaded for free by selecting (SAMPLE) by any PDF file detail screen.
Remember, you can order multiple formats at the same time for only a few dollars more and save some money.